Unidentified man charged in car fire

From Staff Reports

   A man whom law enforcement officers were unable to identify because of his condition and lack of identification was arrested Thursday night in Hampton and charged with arson, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and auto theft.
   According to reports, Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brad Hamm was dispatched to the BP Station in Hampton in reference to a vehicle fire. An employee at the store informed the officer that a white male subject wearing a black leather jacket had left the vehicle when it caught fire.
   "After checking the area, I observed a male subject standing beside L&J Market," Hamm states in his report. "After stopping my vehicle, the male subject then fled on foot behind the store. I then located the male subject after a short foot pursuit in a wooded area."
   The subject began to resist arrest while speaking with the officer, according to the report, and had to be physically restrained.
   After the subject was taken into custody, Hamm returned to the BP Station to get a written statement from the clerk and to watch the video recorded by the store's surveillance camera. According to reports, the video showed the vehicle to be smoking before the subject left the area on foot.
   When Hamm returned to his cruiser, he discovered that the subject he had detained had managed to roll the window of the patrol car down and escape from custody.
   Officers then began to search the area and located a vehicle off the shoulder of the road on 19E near S&S Septic. According to reports, another vehicle at that location had been entered and officers called the owner to check if anything had been stolen or disturbed.
   After the owner's arrival, deputies conducted a search of the business and located the male subject inside the business, according to the report. "The male subject again resisted arrest, and had to be physically restrained," Hamm states in his report. "A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage could be smelt around his person and several hypodermic needles were located on his person and also two pipes with drug residue were located on his person."
   The subject gave a name to officers but could not produce proof of his identity and officers had no way of identifying the subject.